Allen, Paul

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Paul's background in computer science and ecology (M.S. Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon U., 1991; M.S. Organismal Biology and Ecology, U. Montana, 1998) serve him well as software architect and head of software development for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (CLO) Information Technologies (IT) department. Since joining the CLO staff in 1997 and the IT department in 1999, Paul has focused on building software systems to collect bird monitoring information from citizen scientists. Most recently Paul has helped bring the "Birds of North America" into the digital age and will be building a new framework to create communities focused on scientific references such as the "Birds of North America."

While work on birds has taken Paul from Panama and the Bahamas to Alaska, the most important thing to him is using his skills for conservation.